Academic qualifications

1993. D LITT ET PHIL – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

1983-4. MA (COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE) – UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

1974-78. B.A. HONS –  RAND AFRIKAANS UNIVERSITY (UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG)

Employment history

2015-2016. Visiting lecturer, Johns Hopkins University (Writing Seminars and Department of English).

2010—2014. Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch. Head of Department, July-August 2011.

2008-2010. Head of School and Personal Professor: School of Literature and Language Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

1985-2007. Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Full Professor, Department of English, UNISA, Pretoria.

1981-82. Sub-editor and Chief Sub-Editor (Finance), The Star, Johannesburg.

1978-1980. Arts writer and reporter: Beeld & Die Burger.

1977-78. Assistant Lecturer, Department of English, Rand Afrikaans University.

Awards, journal editorship, general academic citizenship

Awards

2011. Winner, South African Literary Awards (SALA) Prize for Literary Translation (for Intimately Absent, translation of cycle of poems by Cas Vos, from Intieme Afwesige, Protea Book House, 2009).

2011. Winner, Pringle Prize for a Scholarly Article, (for ‘Cracking the Code: Translation as Transgression in Triomf’, Journal of Literary Studies 25 (3): 16-38).

2003. Winner, Chancellor’s Prize for Research, UNISA.

2001. Winner, Best Special Issue of 2001, Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ, affiliated with the MLA), awarded for Poetics Today 22 (2) 2001, South Africa in the Global Imaginary, edited by Leon de Kock, co-edited by Louise Bethlehem and Sonja Laden, Modern Languages Association Convention, New Orleans, December 2001.

2000. Winner, SA Translators’ Institute Award for Outstanding Translation (for translation of Marlene van Niekerk’s novel, Triomf (original 1994, translation 1999).

2000. Winner, FNB Vita/English Academy Prize for Poetry Translation.

1997. Winner, Chancellor’s Prize for Research, UNISA.

1995. Winner, Pringle Prize for Poetry (English Academy of Southern Africa).

Journal editorship

1996-2007. Founding Editor, scrutiny2: issues in english studies in southern Africa, Editor for 23 issues until resignation from UNISA and retirement from journal.

Member of editorial boards 

English in Africa

English Studies in Africa.

Journal of Literary Studies

Alternation (from inception until 2006)

Publications

BOOKS
 
Current Book Project
The Love Song of André P Brink.

Monographs

2016. Losing the Plot: Crime, Reality and Fiction in Postapartheid Writing (Witwatersrand University Press).

1996. Civilising Barbarians: Missionary Narrative and African Textual Response in Nineteenth-Century South Africa. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press and Lovedale Press, 1996. For reviews click here.
 
Original creative work

2011. Bad Sex. (Novel.) Johannesburg & Cape Town: Umuzi. For reviews, click here.

2010. Bodyhood. (Volume of poetry.) Johannesburg & Cape Town: Umuzi. For reviews, click here.

2006. gone to the edges. (Volume of poetry.) Pretoria: Protea Book House. For reviews, click here.

1997. Bloodsong: Poems. Cape Town: Snailpress. For reviews, click here.
 
Edited

2004. South Africa in the Global Imaginary. Pretoria and Leiden: UNISA Press, Brill and Centre for African Renaissance Studies, UNISA. Ed. Leon de Kock, Louise Bethlehem and Sonja Laden. Contains two single-authored chapters of my own, including the widely taught and cited ‘South Africa in the Global Imaginary: An Introduction’.

2002. Identities: South African Short Stories. Cape Town: Juta-Gariep. (Edited with Peter Southey, general introduction and notes preceding each story by Leon de Kock.)

2001. Verborge Skatte: Herman Charles Bosman in/oor Afrikaans. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau. (Edited edition of Bosman’s Afrikaans fiction and poetry, including Bosman’s criticism in both English and Afrikaans. With extensive Introduction in both English and Afrikaans and Notes on the Text. General editors: Stephen Gray and Craig Mackenzie.)

1996. The Heart in Exile: South African Poetry in English, 1990-1995. Johannesburg: Penguin, 1996. (Edited with Ian Tromp, with Introduction and Notes on the authors.)
 
Literary translation

2015. Flame in the Snow. Translation of André Brink’s letters to Ingrid Jonker. (With Francis Galloway as editor, and Karin Schimke as translator of Jonker’s letters to Brink.) Cape Town: Umuzi.

2014. The Road of Excess. Translation of Ingrid Winterbach’s Afrikaans novel, Die Benederyk. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau.

2013. In Love’s Place. English translation of Etienne van Heerden’s novel, In Stede van die Liefde. Penguin South Africa.

2011. Before it Darkens / Duskant die Donker. English translation of retrospective cycle of poems by Cas Vos. Pretoria: Protea Book House.

2009. Intimately Absent. English translation of Cas Vos cycle of poems on Heloise and Abelard saga, from Intieme Afwesige. Pretoria: Protea Book House, 2009. Awarded the 2011 SALA Prize for Literary Translation.

1999. Triomf. English translation of Marlene van Niekerk’s novel, Triomf. London: Little Brown, (hardcover, followed by Abacus paperback, 1999); South African version: Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball & Queillerie, 1999. US edition: Overlook Press, 2004. Film based on translation by Michael Raeburn, 2009. Awarded the SA Translators’ Institute Award for Outstanding Translation, 2000.
 
Literary translation for theatre

2011. The Chronicles of Magdalena. Translation of Rachelle Greeff’s Die Naaimasjien, performed at The Fugard Theatre, with English translation in sur-titles, 15-19 February (featuring Sandra Prinsloo in the lead role).

Articles in accredited journals

2016. ‘“There is the Black Man’s Story and the White Man’s Story”: Narratives of Self and the Valence of “Stories” in Postapartheid Culture’. Forthcoming in Journal of Literary Studies.

2016. (With Cuthbeth Tagwirei.) ‘From “Bush” to “Farm”: Emplacement and Displacement in Contemporary White Zimbabwean Narratives’. Forthcoming in Journal of Commonwealth Literature.

2016. ‘Postapartheid as “wondkultuur” binne ’n “patologiese openbare ruimte”: Mark Gevisser se Lost and found in Johannesburg‘. Litnet Akademies 13 (1): 272-293.

2016. ‘Off-colour? Mike Nicol’s Neo-noir “Revenge Trilogy” and the Postapartheid Femme Fatale’. African Studies 75 (1): 98-113.

2015. ‘Freedom on a Frontier? The Double Bind of (White) Postapartheid South African Literature’. in Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 46 (3): 55-89

2015. (With Cuthbeth Tagwirei.) ‘Whitelier than white? Inversions of the Racial Gaze in White Zimbabwean Writing’. Forthcoming in African Identities 13 (3) 2015: 184-198.

2015. (With Greg Penfold.) ‘To a Dubious Critical Salvation: Etienne Leroux and the Canons of South African English Criticism’. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 52 (1): 73-93.

2015. ‘From the Subject of Evil to the Evil Subject: “Cultural Difference” in Postapartheid South African Crime Fiction’. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 16 (1): 28-50.

2014. (With Jonathan Amid.) ‘The Crime Novel in Post-apartheid South Africa: A Preliminary Investigation’. scrutiny2: issues in english studies in southern Africa 19 (1).

2013. ‘The Confessio of an Academic Ahab: Or, How I Sank My Own Disciplinary Ship’. English in Africa 40 (1).

2013. (With Ryan James). ‘The Digital David and the Gutenberg Goliath: The Rise of the “Enhanced” e-book’. English Academy Review (30) 1.

2013. (With Ryan James). ‘Deepening the “Shallows”: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age, Revisited’. Current Writing (25) 1.

2012. (With Annel Pieterse.) ‘A Vast Domain of Death: Decomposition and Decay in Marlene van Niekerk’s Die Kortstondige Raklewe van Anastasia W’. South African Theatre Journal 26 (1) 61-92.

2012. ‘So, What Should Academic Critics be Doing, on the Edge of the Now – Skimming the Surface or Plumbing those Depths?’ English Studies in Africa 55 (2): 3-17.

2010. ‘Call of the Wild: Speculations on a White Counterlife in South Africa’. English in Africa 37 (1): 15-39. (Special issue on Whiteness Studies.)

2010. ‘Framing Essay: Performing Public Wisdom’. Social Dynamics 36 (1): 179-186. (Exceeding Public Spheres II, special issue edited by Lesley Cowling, Carolyn Hamilton and Isabel Hofmeyr.)

2009. ‘Judging “New” South African Fiction in the Transnational Moment’. Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 21 (1 / 2): 24-58. (Special issue on South African literature beyond 2000).

2009. ‘Cracking the Code: Translation as Transgression in Triomf’. Journal of Literary Studies 25 (3): 16-38. (Winner of 2011 Pringle Prize for Scholarly Articles.)

2008. ‘Making the Body Public’. English Academy Review 25 (2): 88-100.

2008. (With Derek Barker.) ‘How South African Literature Got Squeezed Out, and Then Slipped In: English Academic Literary Discourse in South Africa 1946-1996’. English Studies in Africa 50 (2; Jubilee Edition): 19-46.

2008. ‘A History of Restlessness: And Now for the Rest’. English Studies in Africa 50 (2): 109-122.

2007. (With Derek Barker.) ‘The Gold Standard in English Literary Discourse: Some Functions of the Academic Article in Peer-Reviewed Journals in South Africa’. Journal of Literary Studies 23 (2):105-117.

2007. (With Derek Barker.) ‘Don’t Go Wessa, Young Man: Doctrinal Groups in South African English Literary Discourse’. scrutiny2: issues in english studies in southern Africa 12 (1): 19-29.

2006. ‘Blanc de Blanc: Whiteness Studies – A South African Connection?’ Journal of Literary Studies 22 (1 / 2) June: 175-189.

2005. ‘Naming of Parts: How Things Shape up in Transcultural Literary History’. Literator 26 (2) August: 1-15.

2005. ‘Does South African Literature Still Exist? Or: South African Literature is Dead, Long Live Literature in South Africa’. English in Africa 32 (2): 69-84.

2003. ‘Translating Triomf: The Shifting Limits of ‘Ownership’ in Literary Translation, or, Never Translate Anyone But a Dead Author’. Journal of Literary Studies 19 (3/4): 345–359.

2003. ‘S(p)lice of Life: Manipulations of the ‘Real’ in South African English Literary Culture’. Journal of Literary Studies 19 (1): 82-102.

2001. ‘Introduction: South Africa in the Global Imaginary’. Poetics Today. (Special issue on South Africa: South Africa in the Global Imaginary, edited by Leon de Kock, co-edited by Louise Bethlehem and Sonja Laden.) Duke University Press, Vol 22 (2), Spring: 263-298.

2001. ‘”Sitting for the Civilisation Test”: The Making(s) of a Civil Imaginary in Colonial South Africa’. Poetics Today 22 (2), Spring: 391-412.

1997. ‘An Impossible History’. (Review article on Michael Chapman’s Southern African Literatures.) English in Africa 24 (1): 103-117.

1997. ‘Becoming Different from Ourselves’. Journal of Literary Studies 13 (1 / 2): 223-226.

1996. ‘”The Heart in Exile”: South African Poetry in English, 1990-1995′. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 27(1): 105-131.

1995. ‘The Ruptures of the Particular: Against Generalised Critiques of Generalised Cultural Relativism’. Journal of Literary Studies 11 (3/4): 43–47.

1995. ‘Reading History as Cultural Text’. Alternation 2 (1): 65-78.

1994. ‘For and Against the Comaroffs: Postmodernist Puffery and Competing Conceptions of the Archive’. South African Historical Journal 31: 280-89.

1994. ‘Missionaries, Language, and the Land’. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 87.

1994. ‘Textual Capture in the Civilising Mission: Moffat, Livingstone, and the Case of Tiyo Soga’. English in Africa 21: 33–58.

1993. ‘Contending with the Information Narrative’ (review article on Tim Couzens’s Tramp Royal), South African Historical Journal 29: 274–282.

1993. ‘Postcolonial Analysis and the Question of Critical Disablement’. Current Writing 5 (2): 44-69.

1993. ‘The Central South African Story, or Many Stories?’ English Academy Review 10 (1): 45-55.

1992. ‘History, Literature, and English: Reading the Lovedale Missionary Record within South Africa’s Colonial History’. English Academy Review 9, December: 1–21.

1992. ‘”People, Power and Culture” and the Ethics of Historical Representation’. South African Historical Journal 27, November: 243-253.

1992. ‘”Drinking at the English Fountains”: Missionary Discourse and the Case of Lovedale’. Missionalia 20 (2): 116-138.

1992. ‘Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: New Nation Writers Conference in South Africa’. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 23 (3): 29-47.

1992. ‘English and the Colonisation of Form’. Journal of Literary Studies 8 (1 / 2): 33–54.

1989. ‘A Prison-House of Mirrors?’ In: Marianne de Jong (ed.), Shorter Papers and Discussion at the Seminar on Foe, Journal of Literary Studies 5 (2): 229-231.

1987. ‘Wole Soyinka’. Africa Insight 17 (2).

1987. ‘Literature, Politics and Universalism: A Debate Between Es’kia Mphahlele and J.M.Coetzee’. Journal of Literary Studies 3 (4): 35-48.

Contributions to books

2012. Metonymies of Lead: Bullets, Type and Print Culture in South African Missionary Colonialism. In: Andrew van der Vlies (ed.) Print, Text, & Book Cultures in Southern Africa. Witwatersrand University Press. 

2012. A Change of Tongue: Questions of Translation. In: Derek Attridge and David Attwell (eds.) The Cambridge History of South African Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2011. The End of ‘South African’ Literary History? Judging ‘National’ Fiction in a Transnational Era. Michael Chapman and Margaret Lenta (eds.) SA Lit Beyond 2000, UKZN Press.

2011. Just Take It / Vat Dit. (Text of performance poem, with English translation.) Letter to South Africa: Poets Calling the State to Order. Cape Town: Umuzi.

2010. Squeezing Writers Out: A Deductivist Stranglehold on the Construction of ‘South African English Literature’? Linde Beer, Erika Lemmer & Andries Walter Oliphant (eds) Woorde Bly: Kritiese Opstelle. Pretoria: UNISA Press & JLS/TLW.

2009. Cracking the Code: Translation as Transgression in Triomf. Judith Inggs and Libby Meintjes (eds.) Translation Studies in Africa. Continuum Studies in Translation Series. London: Continuum International Publishing Group: 21-43.

2006. Naming of Parts: How Things Shape up in Transcultural Literary History.  Gunilla Lindberg-Wada (ed.) Studying Transcultural Literary History. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter: 12-22.

2004. Introduction: South Africa in the Global Imaginary. Leon de Kock, Louise Bethlehem and Sonja Laden (eds.) South Africa in the Global Imaginary. Pretoria and Leiden: UNISA Press, Brill and the Centre for African Renaissance Studies: 1-31.

2004. ‘Sitting for the Civilisation Test’: The Making(s) of a Civil Imaginary in Colonial South Africa. Leon de Kock, Louise Bethlehem and Sonja Laden (eds.) South Africa in the Global Imaginary. Pretoria and Leiden: UNISA Press, Brill and the Centre for African Renaissance Studies: 117-135.

2001. Introduction: Nadine Gordimer, The Late Bourgeois World. UNISA Press.

1997. The Truth of Representation and Representation as Truth. J.W.N. Tempelhoff (ed.) The Exploration of Fact and Fiction: An Interdisciplinary Discourse. Potchefstroom University for CHE.

1996. The Pursuit of Smaller Stories: Reconsidering the Limits of Literary History in South Africa. J.S.  Smit, J. van Wyk and J.P. Wade (eds.) Rethinking South African Literary History. Durban: Y Press: 85-92.

1994. Don Mattera. Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Postcolonial Literatures in English. London: Routledge.

1993. Nadine Gordimer: ‘The Ultimate Safari’. Noelle Watson (ed.) Reference Guide to Short Fiction.  London: St. James.

1991. The Sjambok Era: Johannesburg’s Popular Press of the 1930s. R. Hill, M. Muller and M. Trump (eds.) African Studies Forum Volume 1.  Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council.

1986 & 1991 (revised). Essays on Nadine Gordimer, Andre P. Brink and Christopher Hope in James Vinson and D.L. Kirkpatrick (eds.) Contemporary Novelists, London, Macmillan.

1986. Bosman’s View of Post-1948 South Africa. In: Stephen Gray (ed.) Herman Charles Bosman, Southern African Literature Series, No. 6, Johannesburg, McGraw Hill.

Selected other academic citizenship

Projects founded

2011. Founder and Coordinator: Stellenbosch Literary Project (SLiP), University of Stellenbosch. In the course of 2011, I secured substantial funding over three-year span. See www.slipnet.co.za.

2011. Founder: InZync Poetry Sessions (a SLiP event series), AmaZink, Kayamandi, Stellenbosch (monthly events in March, April, May, June, August, September, October –  SLiP Poetry Slam, and November 2011).

2009-10. Wits Poetry Slam and other newly conceived events, including Wits Writers Live. Wits Poetry Slam featured two teams of poets consisting of Ike Muila, Lesego Rampolokeng, Veronique Tadjo, Johannes van Jerusalem, Gail Dendy and Comrade Fatso, playing to a sold-out Wits Downstairs Theatre. Wits Writers Live consisted of candidates from the Wits MA Programme in Creative Writing, in public interview with me as MC, during the annual Wits Arts and Literature Experience (WALE) festival.

1996. Founding Editor, scrutiny2: issues in english studies in southern Africa.

Programme convening

2008-2010. Transnational Legacies Research Theme, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand.

2008-2010. Creative Writing Programme, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand. (In this capacity, I expanded creative writing teaching from the previously existing MA degree both upwards to PhD and downwards to Honours level.)

2010-2012. Writing programme (with special emphasis on literary translation), Stellenbosch University (in process, with two candidates, one MA and the other PhD, already working on theses).

Literary prize judging

2010. University of Johannesburg Literary Prize.

2010. M-Net Literary Prize

2009. M-Net Literary Prize

2009. University of Johannesburg Literary Prize.

External examiner over the years for University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University, University of Cape Town (creative writing), University of Pretoria, University of Tel Aviv, University of the Western Cape.

Reader for Jonathan Ball Publishers, Columbia University Press, Kwela, and Umuzi.

Public host and participant as author at book launches and other literary events (examples: 2012, five events at Franschhoek Literary Festival; four at Woordfees (Stellenbosch University); one at Open Book Cape Town; 2011: presenter/discussant at public launches, Michiel Heyns, Lost Ground, and Etienne van Heerden, 30 Nights in Amsterdam; 2010: Antony Altbeker, Fruit of a Poisoned Tree, among others), and many other public events (see below under ‘Public Events’ for selected details).

See Literary Journalism for most recent publications.

2013. Riddled With Puzzles. Review of J.M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus. Financial Mail, 18 March. http://www.fm.co.za/lifestyle/books/2013/03/18/book-of-the-week—the-childhood-of-jesus

2013. Does ‘SA Literature’ Matter? Sunday Independent,1 March. http://sundayindybooks.blogspot.com/2013/03/does-sa-literature-matter.html

2013. Literary Biography of a Great Writer. Financial Mail, 24 January. http://www.fm.co.za/lifestyle/books/2013/01/24/literary-biography-of-a-great-writer

2013. LitNet Akademies-resensie-essay: ‘n Geskryfde Lewe – ‘n monumentale blik op ‘n monumentale skrywer. LitNet http://www.litnet.co.za/Article/-jm-coetzee-n-geskryfde-lewe–n-monumentale-blik-op-n-monumentale-skrywer

2012. Roger Smith and the ‘genre snob’ debate. SLiPnet, 9 January.  http://slipnet.co.za/view/reviews/crime-fiction-the-%E2%80%98new-political-novel%E2%80%99/

2011. Vertaling as oortekening – Leon de Kock gee sy mening. LitNet Akademies. http://litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1270&news_id=109333

2011. ‘It’s About the Sexy Brain’: Leon de Kock and Bibi Slippers on Bad Sex. http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1270&news_id=110433&cat_id=178

2009. ‘Once More With Feeling’: The Problems and Potential of Literary Translation in Contemporary South Africa. LitNet Translation Seminar.

http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_custom&cause_id=1270&page=vertaling

2008. The Body Public. LitNet seminar on the body.

http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1270&news_id=37314&cat_id=169

Keynote  addresses

2011. What We Mean When We Talk about English: The Changing Currency and Value of Literary Studies in South Africa. Keynote Address, Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa (AUETSA), 13 July.

2009. Once More, With Feeling: The Need, Challenge and Reward in Literary Translation. Keynote address, South African Translators Institute (SATI) prizegiving ceremony, University of Johannesburg. 2 October.

2008. Call of the Wild: Speculations on a White Counterlife in South Africa. Keynote address, ‘Interrogating Whiteness: A Colloquium’, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, May.

2005. Does South African Literature Still Exist? Or: South African Literature is Dead, Long Live Literature in South Africa. Keynote Address, ‘Symposium on South African Literature’, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER).

Memorial lecture

2008. Making the Body Public. Percy Baneshik Memorial Lecture, English Academy of Southern Africa, Johannesburg, February.

Standard addresses

2010. Squeezing Writers Out: A Deductivist Stranglehold on the Construction of ‘South African Literature’? Research seminar, University of Stellenbosch, 30 September.

2010. Squeezing Writers Out: A Deductivist Stranglehold on the Construction of ‘South African Literature’? Research seminar, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, 4 October.

2010.  Squeezing Writers Out: A Deductivist Stranglehold on the Construction of ‘South African Literature’? Research seminar, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Maritzburg, 5 October.

2010. Theory seminar: Derek Attridge and the Singularity of Literature. University of Stellenbosch, 8 October.

2010. Vat Dit. Performance poem delivered at ‘Versindaba Kollokwium’ (Convener: Marlene van Niekerk), SASOL Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, 17 September.

2009. Imaginative Discourse and the Challenge of Translation. Humanities Graduate Centre Key Words / Key Concepts lecture. University of the Witwatersrand, 12 August.

2009. Judging New ‘South African’ Fiction in the Transnational Moment. ‘Post-Transitional Literary Studies Symposium’. University of Johannesburg. 1 October.

2008. Panel chair: Public Performers of Wisdom and Affect. (With David Attwell, Gerrit Olivier and Anthea Garman). ‘Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Public Sphere conference’ (convened by the Constitution of Public Intellectual Life Research Project at Wits University under Professor Carolyn Hamilton). 28-31 January.

2008. A History of Restlessness: And Now for the Rest. Paper delivered at ‘South African Literary Studies: A Provocation on the State of the Field’. Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISER) colloquium, April.

2008. Talk on Marlene van Niekerk’s Triomf vis-à-vis Whiteness Studies. Seminar on Marlene van Niekerk, University of Johannesburg, June.

2008. A History of Restlessness in South African Literary Studies: And Now for the Rest. Lecture, University of Uppsala, 4 November.

2008. Call of the Wild: Speculations on a White Counterlife in South Africa. Graduate seminar, University of Uppsala, 6 November.

2008. A History of Restlessness in South African Literary Studies: And Now for the Rest. Lecture delivered at University of Johannesburg, Department of English Colloquium series. 13 September.

2007. Panel contribution. Translating in South Africa and India. Facilitated by Achille Mbembe. ‘Words on Water: Festival of Indian Writers in South Africa.’ Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISER), August.

2007. Monumental Trek (symposium contribution), ‘Afrikaanse Herinneringsplekke’. Department of History, University of Stellenbosch, September.

2004. Triomf and its Translations (panel contribution), ‘Translation-Transnation: 1994-2004, 10 Years of Literary Exchange South Africa-France-Netherlands’. Facilitated by Gerrit Olivier. Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), 30 March.

2003. Never Translate Anyone But a Dead Author. Public Lecture, Summer Literary Seminars (SLS), St Petersburg, Russia, July.

2003. S(p)lice of Life: The Dominance of the Real in South African Literary Culture. Inaugural Address. UNISA, October.

2002. S(p)lice of Life: The Dominance of the Real in South African Literary Culture. African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, October.

2002. S(p)lice of Life: The Dominance of the Real in South African Literary Culture. Summer Literary Seminars, Nairobi, Kenya, December.

Selected literary print journalism: 2008-2012 (web references to print articles)

2012. Maar wie sou die mark dan wees?  Media24, 12 February.  http://www.beeld.com/Boeke/OnlangsVerskyn/Maar-wie-sou-die-mark-dan-wees-20120212

2011. High Noon in the Badlands. (Review of Mike Nicol’s Black Heart.) Mail & Guardian, 6 May. http://mg.co.za/article/2011-05-06-high-noon-in-the-badlands/

2011. Why Rage Is Inevitable. (Mail & Guardian reviewing and publishing debate. Mail & Guardian, 11 March.) http://mg.co.za/article/2011-03-11-why-rage-is–inevitable

2011. Capitalism is not a White Thing. (Mail & Guardian ‘whiteness’ debate.)  September 16. http://mg.co.za/article/2011-09-16-capitalisms-not-a-white-thing

2010. Making Sense of Uncertainty. Review of David Medalie. The Mistress’s Dog: Short Stories 1996-2010. Sunday Independent. 15 August. http://www.sundayindependent.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=5601984

2010. Readers Call for Fiction-Free Diet. Review of David Shields. Reality Hunger. Sunday Independent. 4 July.

2010. A New Force in the New Apartheid. Review of Andrew Brown, Refuge. Sunday Independent. 28 February.

http://www.sundayindependent.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=5371451

2010. As Darkness Falls. Review of Philip Roth, The Humbling. Sunday Times. 28 February.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/lifestyle/books/article326125.ece/As-darkness-falls

2010. Hits Keep Coming but it Ain’t Enough. Review of Mike Nicol, Killer Country. Sunday Independent. 14 February. http://www.sundayindependent.co.za/general/print_article.php?fArticleId=5351825

2009. Intimate Enemies: A Discussion with Marlene van Niekerk and Michiel Heyns about Agaat and its Translation into English. Journal of Literary Studies 25 (3): 136-151.

2009. Review of Jacques Pauw, Little Ice Cream Boy (novel). Sunday Independent, 30 November.

2009. The Silence of the Ashes. Read of the week. Review of Richard Russo, That Old Cape Magic (novel), Sunday Times Lifestyle. Print and online. 8 November. http://www.timeslive.co.za/lifestyle/article180051.ece/The-silence-of-the-ashes

2009. Grim Land of Animals and Survivors. Review of Alistair Morgan, Sleeper’s Wake (novel). Mail & Guardian. 25 August. Print and online. http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-08-25-grim-land-of-animals-and-survivors

2009. Tóibín – Fiction’s Alchemist (review of Colm Toibin, Brooklyn). Sunday Times Lifestyle. Print and online. 30 August.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/lifestyle/books/article34895.ece

2008. De Horror! De Horror! Book of the Week. (Review of Eben Venter’s Trencherman. Sunday Times Lifestyle. Print and online. Print 24 August: p. 20. Online: http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article118304.ece Full version of review downloadable from http://reviews.book.co.za/blog/2008/08/27/carrot-stick-carrot-de-kock-pike-and-de-kock-again-on-trencherman/

2008. Leaving the Forefront of African Lit. (Obituary of Es’kia Mphahlele). 18 November, Mail & Guardian. Paper and online edition. 1 November.          http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-11-07-leaving-the-forefront-of-african-lit

Cited in New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/01/world/africa/01mphahlele.html

2008. The Rite to Remain Silent. (Review of For the Sake of Silence by Michael Cawood Green. June 14, Sunday Times, online edition, 14 June. http://www.thetimes.co.za/Books/Article.aspx?id=783962

2008. The Politics of Publishing. Mail & Guardian Higher Learning suppl. Vol 24 No 24, June: p. 5. http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-06-30-politics-of-publishing

2008. Seven Steps to Literary Heaven. (Review essay on Michiel Heyns, Bodies Politic). Sunday Times Lifestyle, online edition. 8 June.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/article.aspx?id=780493

2008. How to get into bed with a publisher. (Essay on WISER Colloquium, ‘The Politics of Publishing in South Africa’.) Sunday Times Lifestyle, online edition. 8 June. http://www.thetimes.co.za/article.aspx?id=780495

2008. Beelde dans clichés tot in die stof (review of Gail Dendy, The Lady Missionary). Rapport. 20 June.

2008. Philip Roth: ‘n Manlike Rukwind.  Boeke-Insig. Autumn 2008, 46-47.

2008. Bottomless wit. Profile on Finuala Dowling and review of Flyleaf. Sunday Times Lifestyle, 24 February.

2008. A Consensus of Criticism. (Essay on ‘Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Public Sphere’ Conference, Wits University, January 2008.) Financial Mail, 29 February: 82-84. http://secure.financialmail.co.za/08/0229/features/ifeat.htm

Selected public events

2012/13. Yet to be updated – at least 10 public panels as discussant, participant and/or chair.

2011. Panelist: ‘Aspects of the South African Novel’ (with Craig MacKenzie as chair, Jane Rosenthal and Karabo Kgoleng). Mail & Guardian Johannesburg Literary Festival. The Market, Johannesburg, 3 September.

2011. Panelist: ‘From Criticism to Critique to Criticality: Developing Performatory and Participatory Forms of Criticism’ (with Mary Corrigall as chair, and Sean O’Toole). ThinkFest, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, 4 July.

2011. Panelist: ‘The Final Frontier: Discovering New Models for Arts Criticism and Reporting on the Internet’ (with Brooks Spector as chair, and Michael Smith). Inaugural South African Arts Writers & Critics Association (SAAWCA) meeting, Johannesburg, 11 June.

2011 Performance: ‘Vat Dit’ (from Letter to South Africa: Poets Calling the State to Order, Umuzi, 2011). Franschhoek Literary Festival. 13 May.

2011 Chair and Panelist: ‘Can You Teach Writing?’ Franschhoek Literary Festival (with Kei Miller, Finuala Dowling and Kobus Moolman).

2011. Interviewee, with Jane Taylor as interviewer, launch of Bad Sex, Kalk Bay Books, Cape Town, 9 September. Podcast: http://slipnet.co.za/view/event/bad-sex-launch/

2011. Interviewee, with Michael Titlestad and Libby Meintjes as interviewers, launch of Bad Sex, Boekehuis, Johannesburg, 10 September. Podcast: http://slipnet.co.za/view/event/bad-sex-launch

2011. Interviewee, with Ashraf Jamal as interviewer, launch of Bad Sex, Open Book Cape Town, 23 September. Podcast: http://slipnet.co.za/view/event/bad-sex-launch/ See report on http://slipnet.co.za/view/event/the-consumerist-%E2%80%9Ci-want%E2%80%9D-without-the-existential-%E2%80%9Ci-understand%E2%80%9D-is-symptomatic-of-the-21st-century-breakdown/

2011 Host and Interviewer: Launch of Etienne van Heerden’s novel, 30 Nagte in Amsterdam, Kalk Bay Books. Video on http://www.leondekock.co.za/?page_id=265

2010. Chair of panel: Reality Hunger or Escapist Pudding? With Deon Maas, Chris van Wyk, Thando Mgqolozana, and Zukiswa Wanner, Mail & Guardian Johannesburg Literary Festival, 4 September. M&G video on http://www.leondekock.co.za/?page_id=265

2010. Panelist: Word-count: The State of Fiction in South Africa, with Craig Mackenzie (chair), David Medalie, Jane Rosenthal, and Thabo Tsheloane.

2010. Chair: Wits Writers Live, with Rohan Dickson, Jacqui Aires, Ingrid Hurwitz, and Rehana Rossouw. WISER, University of the Witwatersrand, 22 April.

2010. Joint chair and panelist: SLLS Authors in Conversation, with Veronique Tadjo, Chris Thurman, and Judith Inggs. WISER, University of the Witwatersrand, 23 April.

2009. Presenter: Wits Writers Live, featuring Wits MA in Creative Writing graduates Antony Altbeker, Vuyo Fatman, Kay Brown, and Kevin Bloom. 7 May.

2009. Interviewer and host, Ways of Staying: A Country That Will Not Be Forsaken. Public discussion with Kevin Bloom, André Brink and Max du Preez, Cape Town Book Fair. 13 June.

2009. Interviewer: Ways of Staying. With Kevin Bloom. Cape Town Book Fair. 14 June.

2009. Interviewee, with Kevin Bloom as co-interviewee, and Deborah Patta as host. 3rd Degree, e.tv. Broadcast 14 July.

2009. Chair of Panel: Words and Music on Water, with poets Keorapetse Kgositsile, Ingrid de Kok, and Arshia Sattar. ‘Words and Water: South Africa and India in Conversation’. September 12.

2009. Co-presenter, with Demos Takoulas: Wits Poetry Slam, with poets Johannes van Jerusalem, Veronique Tadjo, Comrade Fatso, Ike Muila, Lesego Rampolokeng and Gail Dendy. Wits Downstairs Theatre. 18 September.

2008. Master of Ceremonies for M-Net Literary Awards event, Cape Town, June.

2008. Public interview with Michiel Heyns on Bodies Politic, Boekehuis, Johannesburg, 28 June.

2008. Introductory talk and public interview with Ondjaki (Angolan writer), WISER, September.

2007. Public interview with Marlene van Niekerk, Homebrew event, Greenside, Johannesburg, May.

2007. Panelist, ‘Translators on Translation’. With co-panelists Fred Khumalo, André Brink, and Michiel Heyns. Chaired by Veronique Tadjo. Cape Town Book Fair. July.

Poetry slam performances

2001. Bekgeveg / Poetry Slam, at Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, March, Main Programme. Seven shows, all sold out. (Live poetry performances for audiences, including impromptu composition of poems onstage, and readings of work already published by participating authors.)

2000. Bekgeveg / Poetry Slam, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, March, Main Programme. Six shows, all sold out.

1999. Bekgeveg / Poetry Slam, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, March, Fringe Programme. Six shows.

1998. Bekgeveg / Poetry Slam, Die Masker, University of Pretoria, July, August and September 1998.

1999-2003. Another 20-odd poetry slam performances in venues as diverse as the Marico, Alberton, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.

  • For videos and podcasts of selected media interviews and literary events, as well as other material not included here, see elsewhere on this site.